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Poster: William Tell Date: Aug 25, 2010 3:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Finacial Dead Head alert.

I gotta come up with a new moniker for you DP, cause "kid" doesn't even do it justice (Hell, I call Ring Lee O "kiddo"). I think it's gonna have to be "junior" ("baby" was gonna sound bad, eh?)...and, glad we agree, Junior.

JK, eh? But you make me feel old. I got kids older than you.

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Aug 25, 2010 4:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Finacial Dead Head alert.

Junior works for me. Thanks WT!

That sociology paper I dug up in the spring really convinced me of the value of tape trading in building the greater GD community and establishing a loyal and most importantly to this discussion, paying fan base.

Sure there are plenty of bootlegs available for other musical groups that had careers that spanned decades (Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, etc.) and very successful financially and popularity-wise but none of them have the same kind of obsessive and crazed (if this forum is any kind of indication!) following.

Not sure the records would have sold as well without tape trading and certainly the GD wouldn't be the largest grossing touring band in history without the tape traders.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Aug 25, 2010 4:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Finacial Dead Head alert.

"GD wouldn't be the largest grossing touring band in history without the tape traders."


Are they really the largest grossing touring band in history? I would have thought Springsteen, U2, Rolling Stones and even Dave Matthews would have surpassed them by now due to ticket prices, stadium shows, etc. Does that include post-Jerry lineups?

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Aug 25, 2010 4:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Finacial Dead Head alert.

You are probably right - many groups have had time to catch up in the last 15 years. I got carried away with my harping.

For example, A Bigger Bang Tour (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Bigger_Bang_Tour) grossed $558,255,524.

I can't seem to find any good sources for historical totals and neither for yearly totals apart from the last few years.

This post was modified by deadpolitics on 2010-08-25 23:50:27

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 25, 2010 6:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Finacial Dead Head alert.

You'd have to adjust for 2010 values and factor in the life-of-the-band total, 1965-95. So I'm going to guess the Dead have everyone else beat, if for no other reason than sheer amount of time spent on the road. Nobody came close to touring that much.

And what the hey is A Bigger Bang?

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Aug 25, 2010 6:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Finacial Dead Head alert.

Just the latest in a long line of innuendos by the Rolling Stones... its the name of their latest CD and tour... which I haven't listened to or attended. Maybe it's because they never allowed taping... maybe it's because I had a traumatic experience watching Mick Jagger and Keith Richards looking like caricature puppets of themselves during that Superbowl halftime show a few years back.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Aug 25, 2010 7:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Finacial Dead Head alert.

Forbes in the late '80's , early '90's had them as the top grossing band .

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Aug 25, 2010 5:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Finacial Dead Head alert.

yeah, something's wrong here, if I'm a "kid" and I'm old enough to be his mother.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Aug 26, 2010 6:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Finacial Dead Head alert.

Shhhh....I am telling everyone you're 37. You're as young as your posts around here, eh?

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Aug 26, 2010 6:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Finacial Dead Head alert.

Right, so I guess I should not write posts reminiscing about "how we did things before the internet."

Whew - the deadheads I lived with not only didn't have email or sophisticated file transfer software, they didn't have cell phones and house phones didn't even have answering machines! Remember the days when you had to hassle roomates about actually taking phone messages - remembering to give them to you instead of scrawling someone's number, maybe right and maybe wrong, on the back of a napkin and then losing it and telling you "Oh yeah Joe called" - wow, stone age eh?

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Aug 26, 2010 6:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Finacial Dead Head alert.

My favorite was dealing with the 800 number to get the info to pre-order tickets when each tour was announced. Having to hit redial (well, our phone didn't even have that option) over and over just to get through, and then furiously scribbling the dates and then ordering instructions and praying you didn't have to call back. Although the process was a pain in the ass, it was also one of the most enjoyable as each one of us was filled with the anticipation of another go 'round with the boys and that this time was going to be even better than the last tour (although in 85 this wasn't hard to do). Good times. Real good times.
Now, it's the spine-tingling anticipation of making a colonoscopy appointment. Who says things don't get better with age?

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Aug 26, 2010 7:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Finacial Dead Head alert.

LOL, but see how memory rewrites things. There was no such thing as "redial."

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Poster: William Tell Date: Aug 26, 2010 7:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Finacial Dead Head alert.

Don't forget to post the digital recordings obtained by your doc on this "incredible journey" to your nether regions (Dire will no doubt insist on a "live" youtube [har!] video feed!). I was quite surprised to be handed a CD with various images after a variety of "exploratory" ventures during my premature introduction to the failings of the male prostate gland...I thought I'd be carrying the big manilla envelope everywhere, but this made it all so much more convenient (if not any less awkward and...ahem...uncomfortable "during").

Hmmm, this hijack is defn not fit for prebrekkie reading, eh?

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Aug 26, 2010 7:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Finacial Dead Head alert.

Oh, goodness. This carries "too much information" to new ... well never mind.

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Aug 25, 2010 4:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Finacial Dead Head alert.

Certainly your prowess with the ladies proves that you are still young at heart, WT.


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